Leeds is a prosperous commercial, industrial, and manufacturing city in the north of England. It is also the cultural and sporting center for much of the region. In the City Centre, modern offices have developed alongside fine old buildings like the Town Hall and the Corn Exchange. Impressive new shopping precincts complement traditional Victorian arcades, and have created a fine regional shopping center. Leeds is a "green" city, proud of its parks and open spaces, including Woodhouse Moor, close to the university, and Roundhay Park and the Temple Newsam estate near the City Centre. Visitors to Leeds are impressed by the range of different leisure facilities. There are lively audiences for all kinds of films, concerts, and plays. Leeds has a rich musical tradition. There is a thriving local music scene covering everything from soul and reggae to jazz and folk.
One of the first great city universities established in England, the University of Leeds is one of the largest universities in Great Britain today. It has become a renowned center of learning and research, and its library is one of the major academic libraries in England with more than 2.5 million volumes.
This institution offers a large selection of courses, with strengths in engineering, business, chemistry, biology, English, math, medieval studies, psychology, physics, and religious studies. Use the on-site course catalog to find more information about specific courses. PLEASE NOTE: Study abroad and exchange students may not take any medical or dentistry courses; also, visiting students may face restrictions on taking courses in communications, creative writing, dance, drama/theatre studies, design, music, or any studio-based art course.
You will take regular courses with local students at this institution. Course registration takes place during your on-site orientation period, so enrollment in particular courses cannot be guaranteed in advance of arrival. You may enroll in any courses for which space is available and for which you meet the host institution's requirements or prerequisites. You must take what the host institution considers to be a full-time load (generally, the equivalent of 12-15 Penn State credits).60 credits at Leeds is generally considered to be a full-time load, and is also the maximum amount of credits that can be taken in a semester.
Education Abroad Credits
You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas of a Pass/Fail basis.
To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the Leeds Course Equivalency List*. Keep in mind you will need to complete the course equivalency process once you have been accepted to your program and after you have completed your registration abroad. To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies page. To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.
Students may not fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad.
*The University Office of Global Programs is committed to making its websites accessible to all users. As such we are currently developing a new course equivalency database which will launch in Academic Year 2014-2015. In the meantime if you require an accessible version of the course equivalency information provided for this program please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTE: If you are planning to study at Leeds during the Fall semester, you would have to take the exams in United States. To find more details about it, you can visit here.
Housing and Meals
You will live in either a dormitory or a student apartment, where you will be responsible for providing your own meals.
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Budget Sheets listed above. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.
Please note that tuition rates above may vary depending on major and class standing.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.
The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments.For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please see Funding Study Abroad.
Additional aid is available for the Leeds program! And, read what past participants have said about studying in Leeds.
For More Information
For more information about this program and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. Students at University Park can also contact their International Coordinator within their college. If you're not at University Park, students at Commonealth Campuses can contact their Campus Global Representative.
To learn more about the specifics of this program, schedule an appointment with Whitney Strickler, the education abroad adviser for this program.
For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the GeoBlogs of Penn State students currently studying abroad.